Q: “Is Pazz & Jop Critically Ill?”

So asks Mark Kemp. A: Yes, indeed, but this is not a new development (the patient’s condition has been worsening for years), nor does it (in my view) have anything (or anyway, very little) to do with the records the critics chose. Having said as much, I’m now obligated to come up with better reasons for its demise — and eventually I will. Continue reading Q: “Is Pazz & Jop Critically Ill?”

Best Music Writing, 2013 (Jason Gross)

The two minutes and 18 seconds it will take you to peruse the Pazz & Jop results? Probably better you devote them instead to the several hours (days?) it will likely take you to fish through all the reading material compiled in Jason Gross’s annual Best Music Writing summary, hosted this year at Red Bull Academy. Nice to see this is still a thing. Continue reading Best Music Writing, 2013 (Jason Gross)

2013 Playlists

I’ve grouped songs into three categories, but within those groupings, the order means nothing. The only thing I can say definitively about 2013 is that I did not have anything like a definitive #1. A-List Icona Pop, “I Love It” Britney Spears, “Work B*tch” Sky Ferreira, “I Blame Myself” Zedd ft. Foxes, “Clarity” Evol, “Get Up” M.I.A., “Sexodus” Ke$ha,”Die Young” Mariah Carey feat. Miguel, “Beautiful” … Continue reading 2013 Playlists